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GSNA Industry Seminar
December 6-7, 2018 - for registration information click here
Callaway Gardens Resort-Pine Mountain, GA

GSNA School Nutrition Assistants Training Program (SNAP)
February 21-22, 2019
Georgia FFA-FCCLA- Covington, GA

SNA Legislative Action Conference
February 24-26
Washington, DC - J.W. Marriott

GSNA Legislative Advocacy Conference
March 12-13, 2019
Atlanta, GA

GSNA 2019 Annual Conference
"Movin' & Shakin' Around the Hedges"
April 11-13, 2019
Athens, GA

Culinary Arts Competition

It’s time to get your best recipes and dishes together! GSNA’s 2019 Culinary Arts Competition will be held on March 19, 2019 at Helms College in Macon.
If your local chapter has not held your culinary competition yet, you need to get a plan to hold one soon so that you can meet the deadline for district submissions by February 1, 2019.

2019 Culinary Categories
Please use Georgia grown products where possible. Contestants at the district and state level can enter only one category.
Mash Up with Mushrooms – Breakfast or Lunch Entrée

Nutty with Peanuts – Really cracking them up – Breakfast or Lunch Entrée or Side

Let’s Dip – Shaking It Up with vegetable or fruit sauces/dips to help encourage fresh vegetable and fruit consumption

Please spread the word and encourage members to enter to win these awesome state prizes:
State Culinary Awards
First Place - $250 monetary award and certificate
Second Place - $175 monetary award and certificate
Third Place - $100 monetary award and certificate
Attendees’ Favorite - $50 monetary award and certificate

For Culinary Arts Forms and More Information
Visit the GSNA Website:

Scholarships & Grant-in-Aid

The GSN Foundation Winter scholarship and grant in aid deadline is December 15th. GSNA members can submit their scholarship forms for the Winter deadline.

This deadline date applies to Members ONLY.

Scholarships and Grant in Aid for children of members is March 1, 2019.
Applications and requirements are available here.

SNA’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC) 2019 Scholarship

In an ongoing effort to help its members develop professionally, the Georgia School Nutrition Foundation is offering a scholarship to attend SNA’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC) 2019.
There will be two scholarships available for first time attendees. The recipients of the scholarships will get funding up to $2,500 to cover registration, airfare, hotels, and meals for the National Legislative Action Conference in Washington, D.C. (February 24-26, 2019). The recipients will be responsible for making registration and travel arrangements. GSNA will reimburse all expenses up to $2,500 for each recipient.

Click here for more information and an application.

Deadline to apply is December 15th.

SNS Credential Exam Grant

GSN Foundation is also offering a $500 grant to cover expenses for a member that is sitting for the School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing exam. If you are thinking of becoming SNS Credentialed apply for the funding to help with your expenses such as books, study guides, application fee, etc. The deadline to apply for the grant is December 15th.
Click here for the grant application.

For more information about the SNS designation visit: https://schoolnutrition.org/certificate-and-credentialing/

School Gardens Grants

NEW This Year – Schools gardens are an effective way to promote life-long healthy eating habits as well as provide students with opportunities for hands-on learning.
The GSN Foundation Trustees have set aside funds in its 2018-2019 budget to provide four (4) $500 grants to aid schools with starting/maintaining a school garden.

Click here for a grant application and more information on how to qualify.


2019 Annual Conference
April 11-13, 2019
Athens, GA

President's Message

Dear Miracle Makers,

As we enter November I can’t help but reflect on all the wonderful learning events we enjoyed in October. Managers enjoyed both a GaDOE Manager’s Conference and a relaxing GSNA Manager’s Retreat at Epworth By the Sea on Saint Simons. The GSNA Crop Show was amazing followed by two awesome days of learning at the GaDOE Director’s Conference. I am so thankful to both the GaDOE and GSNA for all the hard work and organization that went into bringing in talented speakers and for making us feel comfortable and preparing us to be ready to learn, just as we do for our students each day. The talent and the willingness to share those gifts to your fellow school nutritional professionals is like none in any other profession. So, as we enter November and we approach the Thanksgiving Holidays I would ask you what you are thankful for and how can you serve others during this holiday season.

Thankfulness: When I think about what I am thankful for my mind always gravitates to my family and how grateful I am to have two beautiful sons and a wonderful husband of 33 years. However, my blessings go way past my family and include having a job that I am excited to go to each day, three meals a day, a warm bed to sleep in, a safe house to come home to and friends that are always there for me day or night. Unfortunately, many of our students are not blessed with a safe house to come home to each day and three meals a day are not something that are promised. So, miracle makers we have one more amazing blessing and that is that we have an opportunity this holiday season to change that within and outside our cafeteria walls.

Sharing the Blessings: Wouldn’t it be amazing to furnish students and their families with Thanksgiving Baskets that would ensure they not only have a great Thanksgiving Day dinner, but also have food for the whole week. How about serving at a food bank on Thanksgiving Day or offering a meal at your school. How about taking a meal to the first responders that are guarding our communities each day, even the holidays? When we look at blessings the ones we receive when we serve others are always so much greater than the initial act of giving. So, I ask you and me how can we be Equipped to Serve this Thanksgiving Holiday and how can we make a difference in someone’s life this season.

So, Miracle Makers are you ready to receive the ultimate blessing by serving others with love, kindness and an open heart this Thanksgiving Holiday.

Ready, Set, Go!

2018-2019 President


GSNA Industry Seminar
Early Registration Date Extended to November 16th!

Join GSNA at our 2018 Industry Seminar! The beautiful gardens and holiday lights of Callaway Gardens & Resort will be the backdrop for our Industry Seminar, December 6th – 7th.
Come see what Georgia’s school nutrition vendors have to offer in products and services. You will also learn what it takes to be a “Servant Leader” as well as a preview of a new culinary training, Culinary Rooted In Georgia, offered by Georgia Department of Education and Georgia Organics.
For hotel reservations please contact Akima Marsh - Callaway Gardens Reservations Manager - 706-663-5113.

Click here for more information and to register.


GSNA 2019 Election Slate

Voting for the 2019 election will be open in January 2019.
The election slate is as follows:

Tessany Lockhart, Manager -Houston County

Nakeitha Carter, Procurement Technician-Griffin Spalding County
Sheila Cooper,Area Coordinator-Coffee County

School Level Chair
James Bryant, Manager- Houston County

GSNA officer voting will be done ONLINE.

All eligible voting members will receive an email with their member ID and a link to the GSNA election site.


Georgia's SNA FAME Award Winners

GSNA congratulates our FAME (Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence) Awards winners.

Silver Leadership Award: Alyssia Wright, Executive Director, Fulton County Schools, Atlanta, Ga.
Silver Rising Star Award: Scott Richardson, Nutrition and Food Services Director, Warren County Board of Education, Augusta, Ga.

For 30 years, the FAME Awards have been honoring school nutrition professionals who raise the industry standards by tackling challenges within their school districts and communities.
The winners will be honored at the School Nutrition Association’s School Nutrition Industry Conference to be held January 13, 2019 in Austin, Texas.

The selection panel is composed of the 2018 FAME winners, the SNA president and editors of related trade magazines, including School Nutrition. The 30th annual FAME Awards are sponsored by Basic American Foods.

FAME ceremony tickets are limited; visit www.fameawards.net for details.


GSNA Affiliation

GSNA Nutrition Advisory Council Affiliation

Thank you to the NAC groups around the state that affiliated with GSNA. Click here to see the GSNA NAC affiliated groups. These groups are eligible for the NAC of the Year award and GSNA NAC grants.

GSNA Affiliation

Congratulations and good luck to all of the GSNA affiliated chapters. These chapters are now eligible to apply for GSNA awards and recognition at the 2019 Annual Conference in Athens – April 11th – 13th. Click here for the list of affiliated chapters. Any chapter wishing to affiliate but not apply for awards has a deadline of December 2, 2018.


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